Wednesday, November 26, 2008

E Pluribus Screw'Em
"... one or two bishops started clapping, but then we moved on immediately"
Helmet tip to Former Altar Boy

A few hundred years ago, Catholic bishops assured that a certain girl named Joan from the French village of Arc was put to death. Keep that in mind as you read this posting.

With that said, ya gotta love the castrated elephant that is the USCCB. 300+ members, and only a handful even publicly support Bishop Hermann. The stony silence he received was a damn sight louder than the applause from "one or two" fellow Apostolic Successors.

Possibly me being cynical makes me a bed person, but I just can't help be remember the throwing under the bus that Fr Newman was served up.

Here's some of the article from; (Emphasis mine)
Catholic Bishop Says He Would Die Tomorrow if Abortions End as a Result

St. Louis, MO ( -- While leaders of the Catholic Church met last week in Baltimore to discuss abortion and other important issues, most of the attention focused on their remarks concerning incoming president Barack Obama. But one bishop said he would give the ultimate sacrifice -- his own life -- if it meant ending abortion.

St. Louis, Missouri archdiocesan administrator Bishop Robert Hermann made the comment that is drawing worldwide acclaim.

"I think any bishop here would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow to bring about an end to abortion," he said at the meeting. "If we are willing to die tomorrow, then we should be willing to, until the end of our lives, to take all kinds of criticism for opposing this horrible infanticide," he added.

"The reaction was one or two bishops started clapping, but then we moved on immediately," Hermann said about the response he received. "I received numerous comments from other bishops, thanking me for making this courageous statement. I said any bishop there could have and probably would have made the same statement."
(That was a decent and nice thing to say, but we all know it's not true. Bishop Hermann is simply being a decent man.)

Hermann singled out Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann and Bishop Robert Finn along with Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput as some of the "numerous" bishops who sought him out to thank him for what he said. (Bishop Hermann is gracious to a fault. But let's be honest... he's just named less than 1% of the USCCB. Where the hell's the rest of 'em?)

Asked about the thought process that led to the remark, Hermann said, "Very simply: If American youth are willing to go to war and lay their life down to defend our freedoms, then every bishop should be willing to give up his life, if it meant putting an end to abortion." (Give up their own lives? Fat chance. Most won't even speak against it.)

"And if we're willing to do that, then we should be totally fearless of promoting this cause without being concerned about political correctness, without trying to build coalitions with pro-choice people," he added. (Thank God. And may God bless His Excellency, Bishop Hermann.)
And for those interested in shooting His Excellency a note of support, here's his e-mail address -


Blogger Al said...

"he's just named less than 1% of the USCCB"

Let's face it for the USCCB that is numerous.

I agree, Bishop Hermann was being gracious, while at the same time holding his fellow Bishops feet to the fire. I'm sure that many of those Bishops would have liked to do to him what the Arian Bishops did to St. Athenasius, drive him out.

& they are probably relieved that he is 74 years old & not in line to take over the diocese.

8:10 AM  

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